Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

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The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a creative practice. Our residency and fieldwork sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany, Siena, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, NYC, and Brown University. Established in 2007, IDSVA is the first program of its kind to offer a philosophy degree to visual artists in the United States. The program’s pioneering curriculum combines rigorous philosophical study with on-site intensives, which we believe may be a new model for the future of education. Freed from the bricks-and-mortar campus model, the distance-learning approach allows us to transform the entire world into our classroom. This fusion of distance learning with intensive residencies also allows working art professionals to pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without having to interrupt or abandon their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities.

Posts from Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

  • David Driskell with IDSVA students. Colby College, 2016. Courtesy of Simonetta Moro.

    PhD in Art Theory / Philosophy application deadline approaching

    IDSVA's priority admissions deadline for May enrollment is October 14, 2016. Please contact Molly Davis at [email protected] or call T 207 771 8887. You can also visit our admissions page for information about the applicati[...]

    September 22, 2016

  • View from Spannocchia Castle, 2014. Photo: Rowynn Dumont, IDSVA student.

    2016 summer residency sites and faculty

    Italian-born artist and director of IDSVA, Simonetta Moro will give a walking-tour history of Classical Roman architecture and aesthetics. Franco (Bifo) Berardi, Spannocchia Castle, Italy Leading contemporary Italian p[...]

    March 18, 2016

  • IDSVA students outside of Sammlung Boros, Berlin, 2015. Courtesy of IDSVA student, Louise Carrie Wales.

    Application deadline: PhD in Art Theory/Philosophy

    IDSVA's application deadline for May enrollment is February 1, 2016. Please contact Molly Davis at [email protected] or call T +207 771 8887. You can also visit our admissions page for information about the application proc[...]

    December 22, 2015

  • IDSVA student Yon Tande with Ai Weiwei's Bang, 2013. Installation view, Venice Biennale, German Pavillion. Courtesy of IDSVA.

    Newly accredited PhD for Artist-Philosophers

    Designed especially for visual artists, curators, and creative thinkers, IDSVA offers a world-class, low-residency PhD in art theory and philosophy. Residency sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Siena, Flor[...]

    December 10, 2015

  •  IDSVA Director Simonetta Moro, Drawn to the High Line (detail), 2010–11. Ink on paper scroll. Photo: Cibele Newman.

    2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

    Celebrating our 10th anniversary, we are pleased to announce the following Honorary Degree Recipients. Power Boothe Painter, Professor of Art, former Dean, Hartford Art School, represented in the Metropolitan Museum [...]

    November 10, 2015

  • Sylvère Lotringer and Jason Hoelscher with IDSVA, 2012. Photo: IDSVA.

    Student Jason Hoelscher interviews Sylvère Lotringer for ArtPulse

    IDSVA student Jason Hoelscher was recently appointed Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia Southern University. He is currently writing his dissertation on Encoded Phenomenology: Art, Ambient Techn[...]

    October 19, 2015

  • IDSVA founder & president, George Smith. Courtesy of IDSVA. Photo: Jack Montgomery.

    IDSVA founder & president George Smith’s forthcoming publication published by Routledge

    In The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy, Smith argues that philosophy has indeed come to what Heidegger described as "an end." That is hardly to say philosophy as such is over or soon to disappear; but rather tha[...]

    September 21, 2015

  • Pan Gongkai, Melt (潘公凯:融), 2011. Video installation. Chinese Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale 2011. Photo courtesy of IDSVA.

    Online info session for PhD in Theory & Philosophy with Ewa Ziarek

    Please join IDSVA Visiting Faculty and world leading critic and thinker Ewa Ziarek for a 25-minute interview with IDSVA student Michelle Perkins on Thursday, March 26 at 5:30pm EST. Polish scholar Ewa Ziarek is Julian[...]

    March 13, 2015

  • Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Art (IDSVA): online info session with Sylvère Lotringer

    Online info session with Sylvère Lotringer

    The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a [...]

    February 12, 2015

  • Private IDSVA event at the AW Asia organization in NYC. Background works by Ai Weiwei and Wenda Gu. Performance piece by Whitney V. Hunter, IDSVA student and David Driskell Fellow. Photo: Louise Carrie Wales.

    Call for applications: PhD in Theory & Philosophy

    Balancing Act is an initiation ritual that involves the physical task of balancing a stack of theory and philosophy books on my head while rounding a central column. Guests will be allowed to add one book each to the sta[...]

    January 22, 2015

  • IDSVA student Whitney Hunter amidst artist Ai Weiwei's Bang installation, 2013 Venice Biennale, German Pavillion. Courtesy of IDSVA.

    Two online info sessions: PhD in Theory/Philosophy

    IDSVA: The world-class low-residency PhD in theory & philosophy for artists and creative thinkers. Residency sites: Rome, Spannocchia Castle, Siena, Florence, Berlin, Venice (the Biennale); Paris, New York City, Istanb[...]

    December 1, 2014

  • Potato pancakes with Russian artist Vadim Zakharov (2013 Venice Biennale) and renowned British philosopher Howard Caygill. Berlin. Photo: Juliet Araujo.

    PhD in Theory/Philosophy: online info session

    The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a [...]

    November 7, 2014

  • Mandla Reuter, Untitled, 2009. Installation view, Boros Collection, Berlin. Photo: Paige Lunde.

    Video information session: PhD in Theory/Philosophy

    The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a [...]

    October 27, 2014

  • IDSVA Visiting Faculty Sylvère Lotringer in Istanbul, 2014. Photo: Paige Lunde. Courtesy of IDSVA.

    Online information session for the PhD in Theory/Philosophy

    The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a [...]

    October 8, 2014

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    Last call for PhD applications at IDSVA, July 2014 enrollment

    IDSVA offers a unique global-residency/digital ed PhD in Philosophy and Art Theory to visual artists, architects, curators, and creative scholars. Led by internationally recognized faculty and scholars, our residency si[...]

    June 2, 2014

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    Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts hosts an info session for PhD in Theory & Philosophy

    IDSVA: The world-class low-residency PhD in Theory & Philosophy for artists and creative thinkers. Residency sites: Rome; Spannocchia Castle, Siena; Florence; Berlin; Venice (the Biennale); Paris; New York City; Istanbu[...]

    May 8, 2014

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    IDSVA PhD in Theory/Philosophy info session

    IDSVA: The world's only top-notch low-residency PhD in theory & philosophy for artists and creative thinkers.  Residency sites: Rome; Spannocchia Castle, Siena; Florence; Berlin; Venice (the Biennale); Paris; New York [...]

    April 3, 2014

  • Sign up for IDSVA’s live video information session

    The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) is the world's only top-notch low-residency PhD in theory & philosophy for artists and creative thinkers. Join us on Feb 27 to find out why. 

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    February 19, 2014

  • Join IDSVA at the College Art Association Conference

    Want to get a feel for the kind of work we do at IDSVA? Catch one of our student panel presentations. We proudly announce no fewer than FOUR student presentations at this year's CAA conference:

    February 7, 2014

  • IDSVA Live Video Info Session: PhD in Theory/Philosophy for Artists & Creative Thinkers

    Visiting Faculty & Special Lectures: Stephen Greenblatt, Julie Mehretu, James Elkins, Bill Brown, Jacqueline Rose, Howard Caygill, Peggy Phelan, Fred Wilson, Hal Foster, Sylvère Lotringer, Susan Stewart, David Drisk[...]

    January 13, 2014

  • Live Video Info Session, PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory at IDSVA

    With residencies in Tuscany, Venice, Berlin, Paris, New York, and Istanbul, IDSVA offers the first and only low-residency PhD in philosophy, art theory, and aesthetics for visual artists, creative thinkers & art prof[...]

    November 2, 2013

  • IDSVA: Ph.D. in Visual Arts and Philosophy, Topological Studies Program

    Join IDSVA director Simonetta Moro & IDSVA founder George Smith for a wide-ranging overview of IDSVA's Ph.D. low-residency program and the Topological Studies Program. The only program of its kind in the world, IDSVA[...]

    September 16, 2013

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    Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts : PhD in Visual Arts Information Session

    Thinking about a PhD? The Institute For Doctoral Studies In The Visual Arts (IDSVA) invites you to join us for our first live Informational Session online. IDSVA Director Dr. Simonetta Moro and select IDSVA students wi[...]

    January 11, 2013

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    PhD in Visual Arts at IDSVA: Information Session

    Thinking about a PhD? The Institute For Doctoral Studies In The Visual Arts (IDSVA) invites you to join us for our first live Informational Session online. IDSVA Director, Dr. Simonetta Moro and select IDSVA students wi[...]

    December 1, 2012

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    IDSVA PhD in Philosophy and Art Theory: Call for Applications

    Applications accepted on a rolling basis Priority deadline: Feb 1, 2012          IDSVA provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scho[...]

    November 25, 2011